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Through grace and sheer mercy
As we launch into the new year of 2016 we are going to immerse ourselves in the New Testament book that has been the foundation of many great revivals that impact us today…The Book of Romans.
In September of 386 a native of North Africa sat weeping over the wickedness of his life when he heard a child singing, “Take up and read”. An open scroll of the book of Romans laying beside him caught his eye and he picked it up, reading, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to it’s lusts” (Romans 13:14). He later wrote, “No further would I read…for instantly, as the sentence ended…all the gloom of doubt vanished away”. The man was Aurelius Augustine, who went on to become one of the church’s great theologians and servant leaders.
A thousand years later Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, was teaching the book of Romans to his students at the University of Wittenberg, when he became more and more convicted by Paul’s central theme of salvation by grace. He wrote:
“Night and day I pondered until…I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith.”
Centuries later a minister in the church of England by the name of John Wesley was searching in confusion for a genuine experience of salvation. One evening in 1738 he wrote in his journal about his life changing experience with the living Jesus Christ, rising from Martin Luther’s preface to the book of Romans….
”While he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for my salvation.”
John Calvin wrote, “When one gains a knowledge of this Epistle, he has an entrance opened to him to all the most hidden treasures of Scripture”. The book of Romans answers questions concerning the nature of man and God; the good news, the Holy Spirit and intimacy with God, sin and hell, false religions and idols, sexual immorality, hatred, dishonesty and the standard by which God judges. The book addresses the importance of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and how a person is reborn.
I encourage you to begin reading through the book of Romans in anticipation of studying through it together as we gather on Sunday’s and throughout the week in small groups. I am asking God to once again breath revival into His church, beginning with us. Our study will move through the main themes and topics of Romans over the next four months giving us ample time to let the truths of the amazing Love of the Father, salvation by grace through faith, and God’s wonderful mercy-filled heart wash over us anew.
Article taken from CTK Newsletter Jan/Feb 2016
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